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Premier League
2 January 2017
Game week
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Goodison Park (Liverpool)


E. Valencia (G) 73' (assist by: R. Lukaku)
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L. Baines (PG) 81'
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R. Lukaku (G) 89' (assist by: T. Davies)
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Enner Valencia came off the bench to score his first Everton goal, breaking the deadlock in the 73rd minute before Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku added insult to injury for Southampton, as Ronald Koeman picks up a a win over his former side.
90'+1 There will be three minutes added on at the end of the match.
89' It's an assist for teenager Tom Davies, who picked out a tidy pass there to play Lukaku through.
OH MY WORD THAT IS SPECIAL! Absolutely stunning strike from Lukaku, who takes a pass from Davies in stride, before hammering a brilliant effort into the top corner. That's unstoppable.
87' WONDERFULLY DONE! That was at a terribly awkward height for Williams, who has a tough ask to clear a Southampton corner, just a couple yards out from goal, but he does brilliantly to somehow head over the bar! It would have been very easy for him to bundle that awkwardly into the back of his own net.
85' A final change of the night here for Everton sees Ross Barkley replaced by Gareth Barry.
83' VITAL INTERVENTION! Everton are running riot now. Not sure where this way for the first 70 minutes, but they look absolutely unplayable now. They continue to attack and Valencia is nearly played through, but Yoshida sticks a foot out smartly to break up the move, likely denying Everton their third.
81' NO MISTAKE FROM LEIGHTON! Baines sends Forster the wrong way with a really cool penalty, and that should be game over at Goodison!
80' PENALTY TO EVERTON! It's a really careless challenge from Yoshida, who had no chance at winning the ball when he slid into the back of Lukaku, who was facing away from goal, right on the edge of the area! So needless from the centre-half, and Baines can put the game to rest here.
79' Despite Southampton being the side that needs a goal, it's Everton who continue to dominate possession. They're parked firmly in the attacking half, going in search of a second.
78' Shane Long is indeed brought on here, replacing Clasie, who has only just returned today from an injury layoff.
77' Well Southampton have their work cut out for them now, but they have some attacking options to draw upon off the bench. Shane Long in particular could help swing the tides with his pace, running at defenders with fresh legs.
75' STAT: Southampton won the reverse of this fixture in November thanks to Charlie Austin's 1st minute goal - they've not beaten Everton twice in the same league season since the 1997-98 campaign.
73' Lukaku picks up the assist for his initial shot which produced the rebound.
OFF THE BENCH AND INTO EVERTON HEARTS! It's only fitting that Coleman is the architect! He gets into space on the right and crosses for Lukaku, who sees his header kept out off the line by Forster, before Valencia pounces to bundle home the rebound! What a time to score his first Everton goal!
71' Tensions rising now as we enter the final 20 minutes with the game still very much up for grabs. Everton are enjoying the greater share of possession, there's no doubt about that, but it's Southampton who look more threatening as they're posing a real threat despite limited opportunities.
69' CRUCIAL FROM ROBLES! Outstanding bit of movement from Redmond in attack, and he's appropriately picked out by Rodriguez. He drifts into the area and lashes an effort towards the far post, but Robles gets down quick to his right to parry!
67' Southampton make their second change as well now, as Sofiane Boufal replaces Tadic.
65' HAS TO BE BETTER! Lukaku surges forward on the break, and has Valencia with him. He uses the substitute's run to his left as a decoy, as there was only ever one thing on his mind, but Lukaku drags his shot harmlessly wide in the end, as he likely would have been much better off playing that through for Valencia.
63' STAT: Southampton have exactly the same record at the halfway point of the Premier League season under Claude Puel, as they did last season under Ronald Koeman (P19 W6 D6 L7, 24 points).
61' Everton make their second change and is is that which was speculated, as Enner Valencia comes on to replace Lennon.
60' Clasie does well to poke his foot in and win the ball high up the pitch, springing Redmond down the right. The winger has the beating of Baines, but wastes an excellent opportunity to carve out a chance, as he smashes his cross into the side netting.
58' Lennon does well to snap in with a challenge on McQueen to send the ball out for a throw, after the Southampton full-back did well to get forward again on the overlap. That contribution from Lennon in defence is more than he's managed all afternoon in attack. Perhaps it's time for Enner Valencia to be brought on?
56' Southampton continue to defend confidently, keeping Everton at arm's length. Puel's side conceded six goals in their last two games of 2016, both at home, so this has been an excellent display from them to rebound from a difficult stretch, and without Van Dijk to boot.
54' Everton continue to lack ideas in attack, with their best play coming from the likes of Baines and Coleman. The latter has done excellently down the right, but Lennon has had a torrid time trying to lend him a hand. Their combination play has been relatively nonexistent, which could be something Koeman will consider changing with a substitution.
52' STAT: Romelu Lukaku has only scored one goal in 12 Premier League appearances for Everton in the month of January (960 minutes - excluding today).
50' Southampton's turn to attack, and they do so patiently, working the ball around the fringes, just inside the Everton half, and the overlapping run from McQueen helps to win them a corner. Everton deal with the resulting delivery, but they fail to clear their lines effectively as the pressure stays on.
48' Strong bit of hold-up play from Lukaku sees him win Everton a free-kick in the attacking half, but the subsequent delivery from Barkley is dealt with capably by Southampton. Both defences have had a comfortable go at it thus far.
46' Back underway at Goodison...
It was generally a cagey first half at Goodison Park, with both sides forced into early substitutions as a result of injuries. It did come to life a bit in the last 10 minutes, suggesting the best is yet to come as these two European hopefuls aim to kick-off 2017 with a victory.
45'+2 IMcQueen lifts a terrific cross in from the left for Redmond, who found his way between the two centre-backs, but he can't get enough on his header to send an effort goalwards! He has to be doing better there.
45' There board goes up to indicate three minutes of stoppage-time at the end of this first half.
43' It's all come to life a bit towards the end of this first half, and there should still be a few minutes added on given the injuries to both Cedric and Calvert-Lewin.
42' STAT: Everton have won just three of their last 14 Premier League matches - losing twice as many games in this period (W3 D5 L6).
40' Everton break and Ward-Prowse commits himself to a foul to break up the move, and that sees him into the referee's book.
39' HOW HAS HE NOT SCORED IT?! Everything in the build-up was terrific there from Rodriguez, who turns smartly around Davies before skipping past Williams. That sees him through into the area, but with a clean sight of goal he skies his strike!
38' AWKWARD FOR ROBLES! That's more like it from Saints. Rodriguez splits the two centre-backs to get on the end of a throughball. He bursts into the area and drills a cross through the six-yard box, which Robles has to reach out awkwardly to parry, knocking it just out of the path of Tadic.
36' Southampton need to be a bit more positive in possession. Given the little possession they're enjoying, they have to make more of a point of getting forward quickly when they win the ball back. They have to catch Everton short in numbers or they're going to struggle to create anything.
34' Fonte and Yoshida deserve plenty of praise for how well they have played in the absence of Van Dijk this afternoon. Their positioning has been absolutely excellent, and they've barely afforded Everton a real decent look at goal. Everything they send towards Forster is coming from outside the area, with bodies in between.
32' What this game really needs is a goal to open things up. Southampton remain well-organised at the back, and Everton are showing some intent, but they're not taking many chances in their search for an opener. A goal, depending who gets it, would either force Southampton to open up, or Everton to play more direct.
30' STAT: Everton are unbeaten in their last 11 home Premier League games against Southampton (W8 D3), conceding just six goals in that time.
28' Everton are really dominating possession here as they ensconce themselves in the Southampton half. They're getting bodies forward, making options plentiful in possession, but they have to be careful not to offer up too much space to Saints on the break.
26' IT'S IN BUT... Southampton catch Everton with bodies forward, and break encouragingly on the counter. Rodriguez thinks he's given Saints the lead with a header, but he's flagged for offside. There was a hint of handball there as well, so really it was never going to stick. But it's a source of positivity for the visitors nonetheless.
24' DECENT DELIVERY! Everton look at the best and brightest when the likes of Baines and Coleman get forward on the overlap. They do so encouragingly here, with Baines' pacey cross just missing Lukaku, before Coleman wins a corner on the opposite flank. The ball comes back to the right-back following the set-piece, and he wins another corner as a strike from 25 yards is tipped over by Forster!
22' There have been some decent moments for both sides, but they've been sparsely scattered between what has been an otherwise tedious encounter thus far. The match is surely there for the taking, but neither side have shown the willingness to take charge.
20' STAT: Ronald Koeman has won 27 points in his first 19 Premier League games as Everton manager in the Premier League; six fewer than he'd won at this stage in to his tenure at Southampton (33 points).
18' BETTER! Excellent movement from Lukaku up top, as he gets involved for the first time. He gets inside of Fonte to get on the end of Funes Mori's throughball, but his shot is kept out by the foot of Forster. Smart piece of goalkeeping, that.
16' A good, direct piece of running from Tadic, who sprints to get on the end of Rodriguez's flick on. The winger cuts inside on his left, but Williams does expertly to close him down, and get enough of the shot to deflect it behind for a corner.
14' The tempo has been rather poor through the first quarter of an hour, with the two stoppages really draining the life out of the match. Neither side has been able to take charge, and there's been little attacking quality to speak of thus far.
12' Calvert-Lewin tried to carry on but was in too much discomfort. He goes down again and that's enough for Koeman to pull him off, as Kevin Mirallas replaces him. That's not how the youngster envisioned his full-debut.
10' STAT: Southampton have lost their last two Premier League games - they haven't lost three in a row since December 2014 (four in succession).
8' Now it's Everton's training staff who are called into action as Calvert-Lewin goes to ground awkwardly, and needs to have his ankle looked at. He does appear to be in some pain, but hopefully it's not enough of a knock to force him off so early on.
6' Cedric is cut open on the back of his head and will play no further part in this match, as he's assisted by the training staff as he makes his way to the tunnel, replaced here by Jack Stephens.
5' Despite Southampton enjoying some good possession from the start, it's Everton to create the first shot on target with their first attack. Calvert-Lewin, who is actually playing just behind striker Lukaku, goes on a clever run and tees up Barkley on the edge of the box, but the midfielder's half-volley is parried smartly by Forster.
3' Southampton ask the questions early on, but a pair of excellent tackles from Funes Mori and Baines prevent them from getting through, before play comes to a halt as Cedric is down with a head injury after crashing into the wall behind the Everton goal following the coming together with Baines.
1' AND WE'RE OFF! Everton get us underway, attacking right to left.
Southampton are without the services of suspended centre-half Virgil van Dijk, as Claude Puel makes five changes to his team following the home defeat to West Brom. Van Dijk is replaced in defence by Jose Fonte, while Cedric Soares comes in for Cuco Martina. James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez are restored, while Jordy Clasie returns from injury, forcing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Steven Davis and Shane Long out of the XI.
Ronald Koeman hands a full-debut to 19-year-old forward Dominic Calver-Lewin, while midfielder Tom Davies is handed just a second Everton start, as they make four changes from the draw with Hull City. Ramiro Funes Mori and Aaron Lennon also come into the team, as Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry, Enner Valencia and Kevin Mirallas all drop to the bench.
SUBS: Long, Davis, Reed, Boufal, Bertrand, Stephens, Lewis.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-3): Forster; Cedric, Yoshida, Fonte, McQueen; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Clasie; Redmond, Tadic, Rodriguez.
SUBS: Jagielka, Mirallas, Cleverley, Barry, Valencia, Holgate, Hewelt.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Robles; Coleman, Funes Mori, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Davies; Lennon, Barkley, Calvert-Lewin; Lukaku.
This is the first of seven January fixtures for Claude Puel’s side, a crucial month not just on the pitch, but off it as well, as they try to keep their prized Dutch centre-half from leaving, while hoping to strengthen their squad at the same time.
Southampton had a nightmarish end to 2016, losing home to both Tottenham and West Brom, uncharacteristically conceding six goals in the process – and now will be without their best defender today, Virgil van Dijk, through suspension.
They currently sit seventh in the table and that seems about right for them. They have some problem areas that need reinforcing, so Ronald Koeman should be busy in January if the Toffees want to make a push at the European places.
Ross Barkley rescued a point for Everton in their 2016 finale at Hull City, capping off what can only be described as an inconsistent first half of the season. At times, they look unbeatable, and completely uninspired at other.
Hello and welcome to Goodison Park as Everton play host to Southampton, with both sides aiming to get back in the win column by opening 2017 with a victory.


Joel Robles
F. Forster
Cédric Soares
M. Yoshida
L. Baines
J. Clasie
A. Williams
José Fonte
R. Barkley
J. Rodriguez
R. Lukaku
D. Tadić
A. Lennon
Oriol Romeu
J. Ward-Prowse
I. Gueye
N. Redmond
S. Coleman
Ramiro Funes Mori
T. Davies
D. Calvert-Lewin
S. McQueen

Additional info

K. Friend
R. West
Fourth official
N. Swarbrick


Match Stats

Everton Southampton
38 Attacks (Dangerous) 33
10 Corners 8
5 Fouls 13
15 Free Kicks 9
8 Goal Kicks 8
4 Offsides 2
3 Shots (blocked) 2
4 Shots (off target) 5
4 Shots (on target) 4
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
24 Throw Ins 25

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